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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Apocalyptic Apology

Last December, I wrote a poem, Rewiring An Old Starship, which included this picture:
My friend, Willie, opined that my work was metaphorical --renewing contact that energized happiness and reliability. A favorite actor, Harry Goaz, wrote a comment saying I looked very brave. Apparently they thought I knew what I was doing. And I did, mainly.

I was trying to connect a 220 volt line to a different breaker to accommodate a new hot water heater, but there were a lot of wires in that box. There is a distinct difference between electrical service wired in parallel, in which each appliance operates on a discreet circuit, and series, in which they do not. I knew this, and completed all connections accordingly. But I didn't know the entire country had not yet complied. Edison and Tesla began the upgrade over a century ago on the east coast and I thought it was done.

Last week I flipped the breaker on and thought everything looked good. Then NASA posted this photo:

As you can see, everything east of the Mississippi is fine. City lights are bright, festive, Christmassy. But darkness in the west is broken only by about a hundred people with flashlights. All I can say is, I'm sorry. There were indications I ignored, like the streetlights dimming when I use my electric shaver. But I will put off shaving until daylight now and be carefuller in general.


  1. So the global dimming was all your fault. That is a beautiful night time shot of our planet.

  2. I wasn't expecting that NASA photo. Well-played sir..well-played. And they say one person can't make a difference :) I think that photo proves otherwise!

  3. Oh, dear... Geo has been a very bad boy. Too funny!

  4. I would like to say something funny, but I can't top that.

    Great post.

  5. Once again, I see that 'they' have said it all...and I see in this case that I was originally part of that gang! Thanks again!

  6. Geo: at the nation's fuse box.

    *shakes head whimsically*


  7. Delores-- Indeed, a beautiful planet.

    Keith-- Had to use NASA pic. Norma's not tall enough.

    Susan-- Guys who like to be called "Dude" can't be good all the time.

    Arleen-- Not sure there is a top to outer space.

    Willie--Much national benightedness is gang-related. Is it too late to make up a crazy handshake?

    Pearl-- why you little...sure I make mistakes but I'll get it right eventually.


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